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by Marcu$ Stanley
May 20th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 12
Views: 889

Re: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

Great notes, but honestly the writing makes the Cuvee Reservee sound like a better wine than the da Capo, despite the scores. To me a "huge, freakish, incredibly assertive" wine with alcohol poking through sounds worse than a beautifully classic wine that is aging well but keeping great fruit. What ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 15th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 30307

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

One can't help palate differences, but writing is a craft. If you write thousands of TNs a year, you should in theory improve if you work at it. I may not agree with Jancis Robinson's palate but man she can write. One of the best ever from Galloni (lol): "The 2008 Dom Pérignon is fabulous... <snip>...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 14th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2039

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Chris Seiber wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:05 pm

Birth Year Wines - How Thrilled Your Child Will Be to Drink Old Wine with the Parents on the 21st Birthday
[rofl.gif]

Awesome - completely apropos, as well.
+1, hilarious!
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 14th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 61
Views: 3359

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think the “softness” of the Bordeaux resale market is real, especially as reports start surfacing that 82’ are getting to be past prime. 89, 90 are robust, but there are relative deals to be had elsewhere. It’s just that 2015/16 prices are so inflated that old stocks seem a deal by comparison. In...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 14th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 61
Views: 3359

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think that auctions still offer some savings compared to *current* retail, but because current retail has gone up so fast people feel instinctively that they are not getting a bargain. When I looked up the prices for some of the wines Rob Weaver posted above (see post #2), the 2003 Poyferre, 2009 ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 13th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 61
Views: 3359

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

Or am I becoming senile (or both)? I can’t speak to sparse, but if my “winning” bids at the most recent Zachys’s auction are any indication, I would say there are no deals out there. After premium and tax: 2010 Leoville Poyferre $140 2010 Bouchard “Baby Jesus” $110 1989 Pichon Lalande $210 2012 Tog...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2029

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

it's early yet, but 2014 might end up being the non-VOTC VOTC at least for the 21st century. Per Cellartracker people are loving it out of bottle, plus it was a relative bargain if you bought in early.
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 77
Views: 3966

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I would guess it’s because of the Vinous review at 96-99 that called it one of the best wines of the vintage. I don’t think a score of 96-99 puts you among the best wines of the vintage does it? I thought the new Bordeaux scoring system was 100 points very good wine, 96-99 pretty good wine, 90-95 a...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 30307

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

I have to pick on my friend Leve for using two terms that I have never seen before in a note - caliginous and mellifluous! 2018 Les Carmes Haut Brion – Caliginous in hue, the wine exudes tobacco, smoke, blackberry, pepper, flowers, and spearmint. On the palate, you’ll find density with lift, intens...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 77
Views: 3966

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Whoa, 750ml bottles of 2018 Calon Segur at Total Wine are sold out. Do you know why it's sold out? Did I miss a memo? 2018>2015 for Segur? I see 2015 for $85 I would guess it’s because of the Vinous review at 96-99 that called it one of the best wines of the vintage. I don’t think a score of 96-99 ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 6th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre

Jim, Limestone soils pretty much universally impart an intensely salty, mineral flavor, and a more tonic sense of body. Geologically speaking, the same band of limestone is found in the white cliffs of dover, Chavignol (heart of Sancerre), Chablis, and the prime white wine sector of the Côte de Bea...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 29th, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 29
Views: 2905

Re: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

At this point I mostly read retailer emails for the unintentional comedy value. At least this is intentional.
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 28th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2214

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

If you are really looking for quick and easy from New York, skip the Finger Lakes and instead go to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; it fits the bill. I can't wait to go back to Pearl Morissette. And unbeknownst to most Americans, Canada is actually a foreign country as well. Clearly. if you are looki...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 28th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8230

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

You're right that the modern techniques (short macerations, roto-fermenters, small, new oak barrels) in the Langhe didn't come into vogue until the late 80s. But this notion that there was pervasive pour hygiene in places like Piedmont and the Northern Rhone before the 80s is just a myth. Sure, the...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 26th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 30307

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

I think "pixelated" is somehow meant to be an analogy for the fineness and precision of detail of the fruit, so like you are tasting each individual bit of fruit that makes up the whole, like pixels in a computer image. (Before you comment -- I didn't say it was a *good* analogy!)
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 26th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1160

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Congratulations Eric! IMO CT is a "killer app" type of product that has revolutionized how people relate to wine criticism and to understanding wine. I know that for me CT has become a more important and reliable source of wine criticism than any professional wine critic, and has opened up new ways ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 25th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 7095

Re: Somm 3

"Bottle Shock" is a fun and delightfully campy movie. It's part slow-motion wine advertisement panning over beautiful Napa Valley fields, part romantic comedy, and all held together by a terrific performance by Alan Rickman playing Steven Spurrier, who camps it up in a hilarious way that totally wor...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 23rd, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1199

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

This article contains absolutely zero evidence that the claimed phenomenon of young people not drinking Bordeaux/Burgundy is actually happening. (Beyond the ever popular "talk to young people these days"). I recently was on vacation in California and Oregon and drank wine with a lot of wine lovers y...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 22nd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac
Replies: 45
Views: 1650

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

It's always weird to argue over the meaning of adjectives since they are so subjective. But I'm with Julian -- "rustic" for me means a rough-edged wine. I suspect that people like Jeff rarely if ever drink less expensive wines so they may not even be able to relate to what I would classify as rustic...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 21st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac
Replies: 45
Views: 1650

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

I don’t think it’s rustic at all, just crisp and structured rather than “big” and deep. But I think it’s elegant. I had this two years ago and it was too young on the palate, although the nose was great. Glad it is coming around now. The 1995 is the best GPL for current drinking for my taste. Really...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 19th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2340

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Mean is the right statistic if you are asking about your average dollar spend on champagne. If two thirds of my collection is $20 bottles of Heidsick and the other third is $500 bottles of aged Krug, it would be wildly misleading to say that my average spend is $20, just because that happens to be ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 14th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2340

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Mean is the right statistic if you are asking about your average dollar spend on champagne. If two thirds of my collection is $20 bottles of Heidsick and the other third is $500 bottles of aged Krug, it would be wildly misleading to say that my average spend is $20, just because that happens to be t...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 9th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Bouchard le Corton
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: TN: 2003 Bouchard le Corton

Had the 2005 from magnum this weekend and it was showing a lot of good stuff with some hidden power. The fact it was a great glass of wine made no sense to me. The above note about shutting down might explain it. It might be about to shut down. This 2005 is fantastic, really special, we had it at a...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 7th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 30307

Re: It's critic bingo! "A magical infinity!"

2016 Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino "This shows a distinctive and lifted candied tangerine edge, as well as blueberry peel and sour cherries. The palate's very tight with edgy acidity, showing firm tannins and a bright finish. Not the richest of wines, but very endearing."-James Suckling Blueberry pee...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 7th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Bouchard le Corton
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: TN: 2003 Bouchard le Corton

I'm a fan of Bouchard Le Corton. It's not the bargain it once was, so I don't buy it like I used to, but it still seems like one of the better grand cru Burgundy values now that prices have gone completely insane. Not the most subtle wine in the world but it has a lot of richness, scale, and impact ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 7th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 54
Views: 2514

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

It's true that there are plenty of Bordeaux that will drink well at less than 20 years. But I don't think I've ever had a Bordeaux of any rank above the $10 supermarket mass-produced kind that was well stored and was actually over the hill at 20 years old.
by Marcu$ Stanley
March 30th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 267
Views: 13988

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Yawn.. thought 2005 was the vintage of the century.. Can I go back to sleep now? We are very fortunate. Used to be that vintages of the century happened once a century, now we get them proclaimed just about every third year by the Bordeaux trade and their wine writer and blogger lackies. Isn’t it a...
by Marcu$ Stanley
March 29th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 267
Views: 13988

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Glen Gold wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 8:15 am
Nice quotation:

Clyde Beffa, of the Bay Area’s K&L Wine Merchants, and his four buyers will be looking “for anything reasonably priced.” But he’s doubtful anything will be. “The Bordelais,” he says, “never get it right.”
Somehow they've managed to get extremely rich despite that.
by Marcu$ Stanley
March 5th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: China is the #2 export market for French wine
Replies: 26
Views: 978

Re: China is the #2 export market for French wine

c fu wrote:
March 5th, 2019, 8:54 am
I would think the real surprise is Germany being #1
Whenever I go to a French wine region there are a bunch of German tourists there loading up the trunk of their BMW with a few cases bought at cellar door. Easy drive for them in a lot of cases.
by Marcu$ Stanley
March 5th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Had this two months ago and it was *excellent*. Really textbook left bank Bordeaux entering (for my taste) its peak drinking period. Much more ready to go than the 2000 which still needs time. Not sure how reasonably priced it is though, has moved into the $150 range, more than double the price of 8...
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 26th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14288

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Correcting for some hyperbole I know what Alan is talking about. The kind of wines we drink are not on a lot of restaurant lists in France and when they are they are not affordable. Especially in Paris. When I'm France I often sort of downshift to exploring bargain wines from more obscure regions ra...
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 15th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Corton
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Burgundy: Corton

Does anyone wonder how the new-style Faiveley Cortons will age? They drink astoundingly well young. Talking about the ones from 2008-09 on.
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 14th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Cap de Faugeres - lends new meaning to "spoofification"
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: TN: 2005 Cap de Faugeres - lends new meaning to "spoofification"

Overextraction is a big problem in 2005 right bank wines. May have ruined what could have been a good vintage there.
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 12th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Screaming Eagle Waitlist Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 7685

Re: The Official Screaming Eagle Waitlist Thread

appropos of nothing, one of the best tasting notes I ever saw on Cellartracker was for a 1995 Screaming Eagle: 7/13/2013 - THE GILDED SAGE WROTE: Purchased in some quantity (and, I am told, at considerable expense) by great-uncle Alfred, presumably either under the influence of late-stage senility, ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 12th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Prince Florent de Merode Corton-Bressandes
Replies: 12
Views: 628

Re: TN: 2002 Prince Florent de Merode Corton-Bressandes

alan weinberg wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 6:23 pm
echoing Stuart, I’ve never had a mature Corton under 30 years old. Florent de Merode isn’t top drawer so maybe it’s a lighter style and is “ready.”
so you would seriously say that, for example, no one older than their early 40s should ever buy a current release Corton?
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 6th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does uncorking alone really let wine breathe ?
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: Does uncorking alone really let wine breathe ?

Alan Rath wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Here's your answer:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=140356
Great thread especially the first post. Always thought "slow ox" was a prime example of wine superstition.
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 5th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11465

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

If no one under 40 drinks fine wines then why have fine wine prices gone through the roof the last few years? Wealthy speculators hoarding for their cellars and playing the market? (Yes I know it's a longer trend than the last few years but just in recent years like 2016-2019 in particular there has...
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 4th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 30307

Re: It's critic bingo! "A magical infinity!"

I was away from my keyboard for a few days last week and am only now catching up on the messages I have received from various lurkers and gnomes forwarding Vinous reviews of the 2016 Bordeaux. Viewed collectively, one can see in this vintage of notes a common thread of very heavy breathing (huffing...
by Marcu$ Stanley
February 4th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4226

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Sadly, $20-30 is a tough price range for red Burgundy in today's day and age. Village wines from the Nuits and premiers from the Cote de Beaune are over $50 now. I think you can find wines from e.g. St Innocent that are IMO significantly better than the generic Bourgogne or satellite region wines yo...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 29th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon
Replies: 8
Views: 943

Re: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon

That fill is awesome for an '82!
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Replies: 20
Views: 989

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

Your post just reminded me of how inherently goofy this hobby is ... buying a wine roughly 15 years ago and sitting lovingly on it like a hen on an egg. And still many, many miles to go before you can approach it. It's like raising kids -- a leap of faith that it will all turn out OK in the end! [c...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 21st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine
Replies: 22
Views: 756

Re: Shipping wine

find a wine storage place in Arizona and ship it to them now?

or try FedEx Cold Chain if they will take wine.
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 20th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1589

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

--one glass of water for each glass of wine.

--orange or grapefruit juice (preferably fresh-squeezed) after dinner

--sleep well / long night before and night after drinking

--if you are still experiencing hangovers don't drink so much!
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 18th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?

Commerce corner is worth a go- I will certainly be interested. I may never need the fire and feather method to open a very old bottle of Bordeaux, but the knowledge is fun, and the insights of how wine was perceived in past times are invaluable. I collect old wine books, among many other kinds of b...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 18th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: G. Conterno Barolo ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1478

Re: G. Conterno Barolo ?

wow are these prices typical for NYC? 1995 Canon La Gaffeliere at $550?!! 2011 Bouchard Beaune de Chateau at $279??! [wow.gif]

crazy markups
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 17th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?

If you put the list up at Commerce Corner here I’m sure people would buy a lot. I would definitely be interested!
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 15th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is battering Bordeaux- so says Sothebys
Replies: 50
Views: 3046

Re: Burgundy is battering Bordeaux- so says Sothebys

My response was aimed at Michael Monie seeming to claim there were not good values in Bordeaux. I just quoted you because I was too lazy to look back up the thread for his original post :-).
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 15th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is battering Bordeaux- so says Sothebys
Replies: 50
Views: 3046

Re: Burgundy is battering Bordeaux- so says Sothebys

Domaine de Chevalier for me is great value. Including their Blanc There are a ton of great Bordeaux values out there, are you kidding? You can get a very good classed growth Bordeaux from a decent year for the price of a Burgundy village wine from a negociant like Bouchard/Faiveley/Jadot I was givi...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 15th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is battering Bordeaux- so says Sothebys
Replies: 50
Views: 3046

Re: Burgundy is battering Bordeaux- so says Sothebys

Could be because of the price escalations of the last decade drove off previous enthusiasts who never looked back. Now please, someone tell me of all the great values to be had from Bordeaux. Domaine de Chevalier for me is great value. Including their Blanc There are a ton of great Bordeaux values ...

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